How much can I plant in my beds?

jessica_oh(z5 OH)May 18, 2006

Hey all,

I have planted for the past three years in 6ft x 3ft (ish) raised beds. I have two. Typically I do about 6 tomato plants with some herbs around them.

I'd like to branch out this year plus I read that I should rotate some. So I'm wondering what all I could fit into this space?? I'd like to plant:

1 Better Boy

1 Beef Steak

1 Sweet 100

1 variety of bell peppers


and maybe something else.

Can i fit all this into my 18sq feet??



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username_5(banned for no reason)

Without question, yes.

Please read the book 'Square foot gardening'. This book was written with you in mind. You can plant everything you mentioned and much more in the space you have.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2006 at 11:19PM
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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

And don't worry about "rotating", which is needful only if you don't do an ongoing program of soil enrichment, or if your veggies are disease prone. Also, a recent report indicated that tomatoes are just fine being planted in the same area consecutive years, but while I do this, I also make a point of considerable soil renovation via the lasagna method every year. Definitely get Bartholomew's book - even old, used editions are just fine - Sq Ft gardening wastes no space, and also practices good soil management in conjunction with consecutive planting. Do put up a sturdy fence along the back of the bed and take advantage of vines - I'd suggest Fortex green beans for good taste, long production, and being nearly disease free; cucumbers also do extremely well when grown upwards. Carrots make an attractive (and tasty) edging. You should be able to grow all your salads from spring through late fall (and into the winter if you invest in row cover).

    Bookmark   May 19, 2006 at 7:12AM
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